The National Environmental Trust, which found the United States to be the single-largest emitter of greenhouse gases from 1750 through 2006, recently issued a report which names Indiana, population 6.3 million, the eighth greatest polluter in the U.S. Indiana emits more gases than 95 countries combined.
The report was unveiled while world leaders convene in Bali to hash out a new accord that would succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which most developed nations – with the notable exception of the United States – had signed.
The group wants states to recognize how much more pollution they are generating individually as compared to many developing countries.
According to data compiled and analyzed by the group, Ohio and its 11.5 million residents emit more greenhouse gases than 98 developing countries with more than 714 million people.
Kentucky and its 4.2 million residents emit more gases than 87 developing countries with a combined population of 548 million, according to the study.
Ohio and Indiana, but not Kentucky, were among nine states that recently signed an agreement as “observers” that commits them to establishing greenhouse gas reduction targets and time frames, developing a market-based and multi-sector cap-and-trade system, and creating complementary policies to achieve the goals. Indiana will decide at a later date whether it will fully participate in certain aspects of the agreement.
Targets of 60 to 80 percent reductions of greenhouse gases will be established by the end of 2008. Governors of the nine states have agreed to achieve full implementation of the accord within 30 months.